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2022 Calendar

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Free intro webinars for teachers

Join Karen Taylor, co-author of the Color Vowel Chart, and learn how Color Vowel simplifies and focuses the teaching of spoken English, pronunciation, vocabulary, and reading for learner success. Workshop discounts are made available during this free webinar.

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Pure English Practice for everyone

Pure English Practice (PEP) is an online pronunciation workout for English learners and teachers. PEP activities engage the musical, physical, visual, and linguistic areas of the brain. This free, live event takes place monthly on first and third Thursdays. Subscribe to receive PEP event notifications.

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Fridays at Five: A weekly gathering of teachers

Each Friday at 5 pm ET, teachers gather live to learn, share tips and demonstrate tools for inspired and effective teaching. Whether you’re new to Color Vowel® or well into your journey, this wonderfully supportive community event is for you!

Upcoming events
Level 1 Color Vowel Basics
On Demand • asynchronous course

Color Vowel Basics© is an asynchronous, self-paced introduction to the Color Vowel® Approach. Complete four video-based modules and taking companion quizzes for each module at your own pace. Color Vowel Basics training fulfills one of three requirements for Level 1 certification. Learn more about Level 1 certification requirements here.

Pure English Practice (PEP) Workout
Every month • 1st and 3rd Thursdays • 10-10:30 pm ET

Practice the rhythms and sounds of English and boost your speaking confidence with Pure English Practice, a brain-based pronunciation ‘workout’ for English learners. Teachers, invite your learners! Learners, invite your teachers! PEP happens on the first and third Thursday of each month.

To attend Pure English Practice, subscribe here. After subscribing, you will receive reminders and links for our next event.

Teach English with Color Vowels: An Introduction for ESL/EFL Teachers
May 26, 2022 • Thursday 11 am-12 noon pm ET

Join Karen Taylor, co-author of the Color Vowel Approach, for an overview of this innovative, brain-based method for teaching spoken English, pronunciation, vocabulary, and reading to English learners.

Fridays@Five – English pronunciation tips for Brazilian Portuguese speakers
May 27, 2022 • Friday 5-6 pm ET

Expert panelists share insights, perspectives and tips for teaching pronunciation to Brazilian learners of English.

Topics will include:

  • Ways that Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation differs from that of Portuguese in Portugal;
  • How spelling influences Brazilian Portuguese learners’ English pronunciation;
  • Teaching tricky sounds, especially vowel sounds;
  • How the timing of Brazilian Portuguese differs from the stress-timed rhythm of English;
  • Participants’ questions!

View all of our upcoming Fridays@Five events!

Spelling Exploration: A Level 2 Core Workshop
June 1 - 22 • Wednesdays 1-2:30 pm ET

Learn how taking a sound-based approach to spelling empowers learners to notice patterns and engage in life-long language discovery.

In this 4-week online workshop, participants will:

  • Explore ‘the problem of English’ as it relates to teaching spelling in ESL/EFL contexts;
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the Color Vowel Organizer for the purpose of connecting the spoken and written word.
  • Learn how to lead learners in a sound-based “spelling exploration” through use of the Spelling Exploration Worksheet, a simple but powerful graphic organizer.
  • Gain extensive practice in the Color Vowel® word mark-up method.
  • Conduct their own spelling explorations as a means of gaining practical insight into the way English works.
Colorful Integrations: Bringing ESL/EFL textbooks to life
June 2-30, 2022 • Thursdays, 10-11:30 am ET

During this 4-week workshop with Karen Taylor and Shirley Thompson, participants will:

  • Identify the strengths and limitations of print and online materials;
  • Use Color Vowel mark-ups to enhance activities;
  • Adapt textbook activities to boost speaking practice opportunities;
  • Enhance textbook content through the use of rhythms and chants;
  • Create simple online activities enhanced with Color Vowel images and references.
Level 1 Basics and Color Vowel® Certification • Cohort 41
August 6-27, 2022 • Saturdays 9-10:30 am ET

Lynn SwandaColor Vowel Complete combines asynchronous learning with live training to immerse you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe. During this 4-week course with Karen Taylor, you will learn how to use powerful, brain-based strategies to teach learner pronunciation, vocabulary development, and oral fluency. Color Vowel Complete fulfills ALL of the requirements for Level 1 certification.

Lynn Swanda has extensive experience teaching English to non-native speakers of all ages and levels for over 25 years. She has a Master of Education in ESL and has lived and worked overseas in Belgium, Germany, Thailand, and South Korea for the majority of her teaching career where she taught in both local and international schools, as well as managing ESL departments. Currently, she resides in Oklahoma City and teaches at Oklahoma City Community College. Lynn is a Color Vowel Certified Level 2 Teacher.

Rhythm & Chants: A Level 2 Core Workshop
August 10-31, 2022 • Wednesdays, 1-2:30 pm ET

Learn how to preview, lead, and close chants with learners using existing chants and modified chants. Course participants will:

  • Learn how recognize and develop chants at the word, phrase, and sentence level;
  • Practice priming, leading and closing a chant with clear gestures;
  • Master three Color Vowel chants and their variations;
  • Implement the principles of followability, stickiness, and usefulness in their chants.
  • Learn when and how chants are most effective in a lesson.
Teachers say...
“Blue Canoe and its Color Vowel methodology is brilliant and incredibly effective with my students. I’ve been teaching English to Japanese students for more than a decade, and had never imagined a pronunciation approach could be this good.”
William Keith, Managing Director of Keith Industries, Tokyo, Japan
“We saw that teachers love using the Color Vowel Chart, so Intercambio now includes it in all curriculum we produce. For many English learners here, the CVC has led to life-changing breakthroughs around pronunciation! ”
Lee Shainis, Founder • Intercambio Uniting Communities • Boulder (CO)
“The Color Vowel System is such a fundamentally innovative and effective methodology that we built our company, Blue Canoe Learning, on it. Now anyone with a smart phone can play the Blue Canoe app and leverage the Color Vowel System to improve their English pronunciation. We are making such a wonderful impact on people’s lives, and ELTS and Color Vowel are an integral part of why we are successful!”
Sarah Daniels, CEO of Blue Canoe
“I find the way the elements of your training sessions weave themselves together genuinely elegant. It isn't just a "bag of tricks to deal with different problems" … there’s a sense of integrality and completeness in what you have developed overall.”
Brock Brady, U.S. Peace Corps Specialist (Washington DC)
“I can't thank you enough for an amazing experience at Color Vowel Basics. The Color Vowel Approach provides the strategy and structure I was looking for on behalf of my students. The work you have done is truly remarkable. It's true that simplicity lies at the far side of complexity.”
Amy Reavey, Literacy Volunteer (NJ)
“I love using the Color Vowel Chart because it works! Student feedback on the system is so positive. I have students who tell me how helpful it has been not only for pronunciation, but also for spelling, specifically for students for whom the Roman alphabet is new. English spelling and pronunciation is challenging, and I am so thankful to have this resource!”
Vanessa S. ESL Teacher, WA
“I don’t think I’ve ever been with a more skillful presenter [in Karen Taylor]. It was like watching a high-wire artist, but with NO misgivings: you know she’s totally secure up there. We were in the palm of her hand!”
Laurel Pollard, Author of "Zero Prep" and "Wow!"
“Interesting, fun, and I met people I look forward to keeping in touch with. So many 'Ah ha!' moments. Loved it.”
TESOL PCI Participant, Toronto (2015)
“The Color Vowel Chart allows my actor, broadcaster and executive clients to instantly see the color of the sound they are mispronouncing or mixing. The visual cuing speeds up the recognition time of the sounds! I think the Color Vowel Chart is the most brilliant thing I have ever seen. It has really changed the way we work at the Speech and Accent Academy!”
Lisa Jeffery, Director, The Speech and Accent Academy (FL)
“Who doesn’t love card games? My middle school students find Color it out! extremely engaging and I find it a powerful tool to introduce and review complicated sounds and spellings in English. In fact, I used Color it out! to introduce my students to the Color Vowel Chart before ever "teaching" them about it. I found it a very natural point of entry for the Chart. Since then, we have been exploring additional ways to use the Color it out! cards, such as Dominoes and Go Fish. A fantastic, fun, and very powerful resource!”
Michael Connors, E.L. Haynes Middle School, Washington DC
“The Color Vowel Chart brings attention to the differences among the English vowels--differences that students may not be able to hear. I also like how the Chart has allowed me to incorporate pronunciation into other aspects of my classes. While students are working together on any task, if I hear a major pronunciation problem I can say, "change your vowel from OLIVE to MUSTARD" and the student is able to self correct.”
Jody Gabler, ESL Teacher (NY)
“Color Vowel Basics was phenomenal. I learned an innovative but easy way to teach students about the many different sounds that vowels can make. The Color Vowel Chart is easy to learn and uses the different modalities of learning to reach every type of learner.”
K-12 ESL Teacher, Pueblo City Schools (CO)
“Wonderful session. Stellar presenters. Great activities. Best session I've been to. They were on fi-yur!”
TESOL PCI Participant, Toronto (2015)

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